Flock Theatre

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Flock Theatre
Founded1989; 35 years ago (1989)
HeadquartersNew London, Connecticut

Flock Theatre is a professional non-profit theatre company based in New London, Connecticut. The company's work includes an annual outdoor Shakespeare festival, site specific theatre at historic locations, puppetry, and education programming. [1]

Notable productions/work

In 2013, Flock Theatre reestablished a post-American Revolutionary War tradition of burning Benedict Arnold in effigy as the Annual Burning of Benedict Arnold Festival. Every September, the company retells the story of the burning of New London by Benedict Arnold's forces and recreates a "March of the Traitor", wheeling the effigy in downtown New London, CT, accompanied by costumed characters, fife & drum, and the general public. The effigy is then burned in ceremony by the mayor on the city's waterfront. [2] [3]

In 2017 & remounted in 2018, the company was the first to ever mount a full production of Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night inside the Monte Cristo Cottage, where the play is set and O'Neill's boyhood home. The cast was Anne Flammang (Mary), Christie Max Williams (James), Eric Michaelian (James Jr.), Victor Chiburis (Edmund), and Amy Bentley, Madeleine Dauer, and C.S.E Cooney as Kathleen, directed by Derron Wood. Certain performances took place over the course of entire days at the approximate times that the scenes take place to utilize natural lighting. The production received a special award from the CT Critics Circle. [4] [5] [6]

For many years, Flock has been a part of the National Puppetry Conference hosted at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. [7] [8]

In 2019, Flock celebrated 25 years of performing Shakespeare and other classics in the Connecticut College Arboretum during the summer. [9] That same year, they debuted in Westerly, RI at Wilcox Park as well. [10]

In the media



  1. "Flock Theatre Company".
  2. Hardman, Ray. "'Burn The Traitor!' New London Keeps Revolutionary War-Era Tradition Alive". www.wnpr.org.
  3. "In New London, they never forget a traitor - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  4. Rizzo, Frank (March 27, 2018). "'Long Day's Journey Into Night' in the Room Where It Happened". AMERICAN THEATRE.
  5. Awards, Press Release From Connecticut Critics. "The Age of Innocence, Rags Tops Connecticut Critics Awards". Zip06.com.
  6. Dowling, Robert M. (November 18, 2017). "Long Day's Journey Into Night by Derron Wood (review)". Eugene O'Neill Review. 38 (1): 160–164 – via Project MUSE.
  7. "Muppet Central News - Pam Arciero takes over the O'Neill Puppetry Conference". muppetcentral.com.
  8. "For families during isolation: shadow puppet shows in Jane Martineau's NL home window". The Day.
  9. "Members of Flock Theatre reflect on 25 years of Shakespeare in the Arboretum". The Day.
  10. writer, Nancy Burns-Fusaro Sun staff. "Flock Theatre to make debut in Wilcox Park with Shakespeare's 'A Comedy of Errors'". Westerly Sun.

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